I love these medieval riddles

Darius Stransky

In my historical thirteenth century novel “The King’s Jew” Crispin Bowman sets a riddle which goes a follows –

“What walks all day on its head?”

I am NOT going to give the answer here (and if you know it then please do not post it otherwise the characters in my book may find out!!!)

Link to book

During the Middle Ages—the years from 500 to 1500 A.D.—riddles were elevated to the level of art and prized as sources of entertainment and education. Unlike today’s easy word puzzles, medieval riddles relied heavily on metaphor and demanded ingenuity to solve.

I’ll start you off with an easy one –

1 – I share a common fate with the sea, spinning the months around in alternate cycles. When the glory of my light-flowing form wanes so, too, the sea loses its swollen flood tides.

Answer = Moon

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